Saul Below

Saul Below

American writer, Nobel laureate 1976
Date of Birth: 10.06.1915
Country: USA

Biography of Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow, an American writer and Nobel laureate, was born on July 10, 1915, in the Canadian city of Lachine. His parents, former St. Petersburg merchants, immigrated to Canada from Russia in 1913. Bellow's birth name is Solomon Bellows. In 1924, the Bellow family settled in Chicago.

Bellow received his higher education at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, graduating in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and sociology. After completing university, Bellow worked as an editor in publishing houses and pursued a career in journalism. From 1944 to 1945, he served in the United States Merchant Marine. As an anthropologist, he worked in Mexico and lived in an Indian reservation in Nevada.

Bellow's first two novels, "Dangling Man" (1944) and "The Victim" (1947), reflected the tension prevailing in America during the wartime and post-war years. His significant breakthrough came with the publication of "The Adventures of Augie March" in 1953, for which he received the National Book Award. Three years later, in 1956, Bellow published "Seize the Day" and "Henderson the Rain King" in 1959. His next novel, "Herzog" (1964), became a bestseller and won the National Book Award.

In addition to writing books, Bellow has been teaching a literature course at the University of Chicago since 1962. In 1976, his eighth novel, "Humboldt's Gift," earned him the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. In the same year, the Swedish Academy awarded Saul Bellow the Nobel Prize in Literature for his "profoundly human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture" in his works.

In 1983, Bellow was honored with the Order of the Legion of Honor by the President of France. In 1987, he published a new novel, "More Die of Heartbreak."